Turfco announced it has upgraded the number of preset positions for storing specific spread applications from four to eight on the Smart Controller of its WideSpin 1550 and CR-15 large-capacity topdressers.
For the first time, superintendents can also input travel speed into the on-board calculator to assure specific material application. The calculator uses the travel speed and desired spread rate as inputs to calculate the exact amount of material required for the specified tasks.
“Having to reset your applications each time you go out is a thing of the past. Now you can save up to eight different presets with upgraded smart control on the WideSpin 1550 and CR-15 topdressers,” Turfco executive vice president Scott Kinkead said. “Superintendents can preset different applications for greens, tees and approaches. Customize your rates by season and set different widths but keep the same rate. Now, input your speeds into our rate calculator and get a more accurate application rate.
“Calculate your spread rates, save your preferred settings and make sure that you’re meeting your topdressing agronomic and budgetary goals with the upgraded digital Smart Controller in tandem with either of the two topdressers in question.”
With the push of a button, operates can change to any of the saved spread applications on the fly. For example, the CR-15 can be switched over to heavier rates for landing zones or drainage areas. Widths can be adjusted while maintaining the same application rates instantly on either machine. Rates and widths can be modified when transitioning between greens, approaches and tees with the WideSpin 1550. The on-board calculator can determine exact material requirements.The digital Smart Controller is an available option for the WideSpin 1550 and CR-15 in both the truck-mounted or tow-behind models.
Duininck Golf recently announced the promotion of Sam Duininck to director of business development and the opening a new office in Atlanta. The moves follow a successful year and align with the company’s strategic growth plan and core values to promote from within.
Duininck Companies started in 1926 as a heavy civil construction company in Prinsburg, Minnesota, and has grown into a family-owned business that has completed projects across the United States. Fourth-generational family members are now involved in the company. Duininck Golf developed in the early 1990s and is one of the most recognized golf course builders in the country with expertise in new construction, course remodeling and irrigation system installation.
“As a family-owned company, we’ve always believed that developing young talent and promoting from within is paramount to our success,” said Judd Duininck, general manager of Duininck Golf and President of the GCBAA. “Sam has been in the field working on projects the last several years and this experience will be invaluable in his new role.”
Offices in Minnesota, Texas and Atlanta allow Duininck to leverage its expertise in all facets of golf course construction with expanded regional resources to provide strong service and attention to detail to its growing list of clients.
“One of Duininck Golfs core values is “Mind the Gap.” We must have the mindset of continual improvement along with striving daily to be the best in our industry,” Judd Duininck said. “We at Duininck Golf are excited about Sam’s new position. With Sam’s experience in the field and his passion for customer service this new role aligns with the Duininck value of servant leadership.”
Sam Duininck earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“It’s an honor to take on these new responsibilities and I am excited to help expand the Duininck Golf footprint and serve Georgia and the Southeast,” Sam Duininck said. “I’ve spent the last several years in the field and look forward to working closely with golf course superintendents, architects, consultants, and other industry professionals.”
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has issued reminders to ensure homes and businesses have the right power equipment available and in good working order in the event of challenging weather.
A chainsaw or pole pruner can trim limbs ahead of a storm or handle fallen limbs helping to clear debris. A generator will power appliances and keep lights on and cell phones charged when the electricity goes out. A water pump can help with flooding in your home or basement. A utility vehicle can be maneuverable and is smaller than a car, helping transport people and supplies quickly in an emergency.
Today’s outdoor power equipment is increasingly easier to use, more efficient and cleaner – and powered in a variety of ways, including battery/electric, hybrids, propane, and solar as well as gasoline and diesel. Even robotic, interconnected and remote-controlled technology has entered the power equipment market.
“We’ve experienced a lot of problematic weather lately but, thankfully, there is a product and power source for every need and to address every scenario. Being prepared for the unpredictable is easier than ever before,” said Kris Kiser, President & CEO of OPEI, an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars.
OPEI offers the following tips to businesses:
Get ready in advance. Before a disaster or storm strikes is the best time to buy outdoor power equipment. You never know when the electricity might go out or when a storm might arise.
Know your needs. Determine what might need to be cleaned up or tidied before severe weather arrives. Decide what equipment is needed to keep people and property safe before and after a disaster or power outage.
Do research. Outdoor power equipment has changed a lot from what you might remember from year’s past. The industry is rapidly innovating with equipment becoming faster, lighter, more efficient, more ergonomic and cleaner. Get their recommendations from dealers and store personnel who are well versed in equipment.
Buy what fits your needs. Each equipment type and power source has different maintenance and care requirements. Equipment is sized for different levels of need, so it’s important to buy what works for your unique situation.
Think ahead and purchase accessories. Buy outdoor-rated extension cords for generators, and consider getting an approved cover for your generator for rainy weather. Buy and install a carbon monoxide detector if purchasing a generator. Plan now where the generator will be set up (never in a home or garage, and always away from your home and any air intake) and determine how to secure it if necessary. Identify safety equipment needed like chaps, eye protection or hearing protection. Gasoline-powered outdoor power equipment uses E10 or less fuel and most manufacturers recommend adding a fuel stabilizer.